Linux on laptop: Debian 6 (stable branch) and 7 (testing branch) on a Dell Latitude E4300

Linux on laptop: Debian 6 (stable branch) and 7 (testing branch) on a Dell Latitude E4300

Build-In hardware overview

Manufacturer: Dell
Type: Latitude E4300, purchased 2009 via telephone from Germany
Processors: 
Memory: 4 GB
Mainboard: 
Graphics: 
Sound: 
WLAN: 
Harddisk: 250 GB capacity
DVD: („DVD+Rewriteable“)
Display type: 13″ Non-glare
Bios: 
other: SD-Card drive
Battery: 6-cell
Weight with battery: 1492 gramm, without battery > 1000 gramm

Notebook

This notebook is a light-weight high-end notebook. Of course it was expensive. But I travel a lot and I wanted to get rid of the bigger and heavier Toshiba A100-589 (reported earlier in this blog) AND I wanted a high-end machine to work quickly with Windows.
WHY I WOULDN’T BUY IT AGAIN: Mine seem to have a hardware fault. It was delivered with Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (90 € extra to pay). With this the system freezed from time to time as we know from Windows 9x. I (this was an error) blamed Windows Vista for the freezes and deleted it in favour of Linux after I sucessfully tested Linux about 3 months. Later Linux started also from time to time esp. when watching flash movies with Adobe(R) Flash(R). Now I blamed Adobe Adobe(R) Flash(R) and this was wrong again. I realised that crashes occurs when the system asked for extra power. I called Dell service. After changing the whole mainboard no freezes happend! Sorry Microsoft + Adobe, that I blamed your software. It was an error. I didn’t buy an warranty enhancement thinking the issue were fixed – after time of warranty was over the system started to freeze again. I found a feature in the BIOS named „Intel speed step“ and disabled it because I observed the freezing when the system need extra power. This fixed it – almost (two freezes in 8 months). I always used the Ext4 file system with encrypted home directory (ecryptfs) which always protected my data (truecrypt drives among it). I found no file damaged or lost. MANY THANKS the people who made the Ext4 file system!!! Because of the descripted behavior this notebook was replaced by a Asus A54C (also reported in this blog). After there is no need for running Windows because I am happy with Linux I feel no need for such a high-end machine. For Linux and what I am doing with it (developing and office) a low-end machine is good enough.

Operation System

I installed Debian 6 „Sequeeze“ stable, updated it and switched then to the testing branch of upcoming Debian 7 „Wheezy“ (both 64 bit). Earlier I had Ubuntu 8.10 – 10.04 (32 bit) on it but this is not the scope of this report.

Build-In hardware test

Keyboard, mousepad, USB: Works out of the box. Localisation is de_DE_UTF8 (I selected german localisation). Pressing „Y“-key prints an „Y“ not „Z“. Can type Euro-Sign €, |, @, \, ÄÖÜäöüß (AOUaou-umlaut + sharp s). Mouse moves, mousekeys works, (after changing the configuration through the graphical program which come whith Gnome for this purpose) double-hitting the mousepad works also. Can connect and disconnect USB-devices.
Network:  Ethernet + WLAN works out of the box. Internal USB-modem needed use of wvdial for Ubuntu 8.10 only, later I could do out of the box with Gnome’s and KDE’s graphical network managers.
Graphics: Resolution of built-in screen is 1280×800. This laptop comes with an external VGA-connector (analog). Connecting it to a Flatscreen it shows a very useable view. I had resolutions up to 1920×1080 on Ubuntu.
Sound: Works out of the box, very good. Even the volume-control shortcuts on keyboard works.
DVD: Can burn DVDs even video DVDs.
SD-Card drive: Works fine (read/write).
ACPI: Fan runs only short from time to time. If the machine has to work harder, the fan starts running (in two steps) but stops running withinsome time after work load is done. The machine did never overheat.
Battery: It runs 4.5 hour while developing (writing, compiling, running).

Hardware info, generated by lshw

(Please understand that i replaced any personal inforamtion like serial numbers by „*****“)
slingshot
    description: Portable Computer
    product: Latitude E4300 ()
    vendor: Winbond Electronics
    serial: *****
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.4 dmi-2.4 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=portable uuid=*****
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       vendor: Winbond Electronics
       physical id: 0
       serial: .*****.              .
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Winbond Electronics
          physical id: 0
          version: A21
          date: 01/11/2011
          size: 64KiB
          capacity: 1664KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pcmcia pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect int13floppy720 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb agp smartbattery biosbootspecification netboot
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
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          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 400
          bus info: cpu@0
          slot: Microprocessor
          size: 1600MHz
          capacity: 2400MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 266MHz
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             size: 128KiB
             capacity: 128KiB
             capabilities: internal write-back data
        *-cache:1
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             capacity: 6MiB
             clock: 66MHz (15.0ns)
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     *-memory
          description: System Memory
          physical id: 1000
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 4GiB
        *-bank:0
             description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1066 MHz (0,9 ns)
             product: HMT125S6TFR8C-G7
             vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
             physical id: 0
             serial: *****
             slot: DIMM_A
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1066MHz (0.9ns)
        *-bank:1
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             product: 16JSF25664HZ-1G1F1
             vendor: Micron Technology
             physical id: 1
             serial: *****
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             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1066MHz (0.9ns)
     *-pci
          description: Host bridge
          product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 07
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
          resources: irq:0
        *-display:0
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 07
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
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        *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
             description: Display controller
             product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
             version: 07
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:f6b00000-f6bfffff
        *-communication:0 UNCLAIMED
             description: Communication controller
             product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
             version: 07
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:f6ad9ef0-f6ad9eff
        *-ide
             description: IDE interface
             product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset PT IDER Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 3.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:03.2
             version: 07
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ide pm msi bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ata_generic latency=0
             resources: irq:18 ioport:ef78(size=8) ioport:ef68(size=4) ioport:ef80(size=8) ioport:ef6c(size=4) ioport:ef90(size=16)
        *-communication:1
             description: Serial controller
             product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset AMT SOL Redirection
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 3.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:03.3
             version: 07
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: pm msi 16550 bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=serial latency=0
             resources: irq:17 ioport:ef88(size=8) memory:f6ada000-f6adafff
        *-network
             description: Ethernet interface
             product: 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 19
             bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
             logical name: eth0
             version: 03
             serial: 00:21:70:ba:51:fd
             capacity: 1Gbit/s
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
             configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=1.5.1-k firmware=1.7-7 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
             resources: irq:43 memory:f6ae0000-f6afffff memory:f6adb000-f6adbfff ioport:efe0(size=32)
        *-usb:0
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1a
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:20 ioport:6f60(size=32)
        *-usb:1
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1a.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.1
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:21 ioport:6f80(size=32)
        *-usb:2
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1a.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.2
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:22 ioport:6fa0(size=32)
        *-usb:3
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1a.7
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.7
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:22 memory:fed1c400-fed1c7ff
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1b
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
             version: 03
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
             resources: irq:45 memory:f6adc000-f6adffff
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
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        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
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           *-network
                description: Wireless interface
                product: Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300
                vendor: Intel Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:0c:00.0
                logical name: wlan0
                version: 00
                serial: *****
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=3.2.0-2-amd64 firmware=8.83.5.1 build 33692 ip=192.168.178.21 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn
                resources: irq:46 memory:f69fe000-f69fffff
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:42 ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:f6600000-f68fffff ioport:f0000000(size=2097152)
        *-usb:4
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:20 ioport:6f00(size=32)
        *-usb:5
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
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        *-usb:6
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
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        *-usb:7
             description: USB controller
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.7
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:20 memory:fed1c000-fed1c3ff
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1e
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
             version: 93
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
             resources: memory:f6500000-f65fffff
           *-firewire
                description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                product: R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 1
                bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
                version: 05
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm ohci bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=firewire_ohci latency=64 maxlatency=4 mingnt=2
                resources: irq:19 memory:f65ff800-f65fffff
           *-generic
                description: SD Host controller
                product: R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 1.1
                bus info: pci@0000:02:01.1
                version: 22
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=64
                resources: irq:18 memory:f65ff600-f65ff6ff
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-storage
             description: SATA controller
             product: 82801IBM/IEM (ICH9M/ICH9M-E) 4 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
             logical name: scsi2
             logical name: scsi3
             version: 03
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list emulated
             configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
             resources: irq:44 ioport:6e70(size=8) ioport:6e78(size=4) ioport:6e80(size=8) ioport:6e88(size=4) ioport:6ea0(size=32) memory:fed1c800-fed1cfff
           *-disk
                description: ATA Disk
                product: ST9250421ASG
                vendor: Seagate
                physical id: 0
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/sda
                version: DE14
                serial: *****
                size: 232GiB (250GB)
                capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0008361d
              *-volume:0
                   description: EXT4 volume
                   vendor: Linux
                   physical id: 1
                   bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                   logical name: /dev/sda1
                   logical name: /
                   version: 1.0
                   serial: *****
                   size: 229GiB
                   capacity: 229GiB
                   capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                   configuration: created=2011-06-06 21:54:10 filesystem=ext4 label=linux lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-04-29 10:42:32 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,acl,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2012-05-17 21:19:29 state=mounted
              *-volume:1
                   description: Extended partition
                   physical id: 2
                   bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,2
                   logical name: /dev/sda2
                   size: 3775MiB
                   capacity: 3775MiB
                   capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                 *-logicalvolume
                      description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                      physical id: 5
                      logical name: /dev/sda5
                      capacity: 3775MiB
                      capabilities: nofs
           *-cdrom
                description: DVD-RAM writer
                product: DVD+-RW TS-U633A
                vendor: TSSTcorp
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/cdrom
                logical name: /dev/cdrw
                logical name: /dev/dvd
                logical name: /dev/dvdrw
                logical name: /dev/sr0
                version: D200
                capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
                configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
        *-serial
             description: SMBus
             product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 03
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             configuration: driver=i801_smbus latency=0
             resources: irq:19 memory:f6ad9f00-f6ad9fff ioport:1100(size=32)
  *-battery
       product: DELL FM33889
       vendor: SMP
       physical id: 1
       slot: Sys. Battery Bay
       capacity: 52000mWh
       configuration: voltage=11,1V
  *-network DISABLED
       description: Ethernet interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wwan0
       serial: *****
       capabilities: ethernet physical
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=cdc_ether driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=Mobile Broadband Network Device link=no multicast=yes
Germany, May 2012

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